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Old 10-19-2007, 07:50 PM
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Need OK to drive without Power Steering.

Is it OK to test drive a 1950's 4X4 around the yard without hooking up the power steering belt. Always thought systems were designed to operate even when belt breaks, Will I do any damage to the gearbox? That's the bottom line question. Its all dry, never been filled yet, New Hot Rod with 80's steering box.

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If the power steering belt isnt attached, your steering will be hard as hell to turn. you'll only be able to go straight. I dont know about not having any fluid in it though.
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wouldn't recommend this to everybody , but if ya got some muscles , go for it ! It will be a beast to turn , but if you're rolling , it'll be easier.
BTW - My '79 had a bad power steering pump when I bought it , and the drive home killed it. The bearings in the shaft went out. I disconnected the pump belt and had to drive it for almost a week until I had money for a new one......
it's a bear to turn , but it'll turn.
I'd put some fluid in it, though.......

best of luck!
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I think you are asking two questions, since you haven't put any PS fluid in the system yet.

You do need to have oil in the steering gearbox, if you plan to steer the truck. It won't last long if the box is completely dry and there is no lubrication.

You do not need the PS belt running the pump, but you should mount the pump, connect the lines and fill it with fluid.

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Thanks ALL! Bruce, do I need to bleed the air out somehow or just fill and run it? Does the air eventually pump out?
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Drive it around the yard?
For like 5 minutes?
With the belt off of the pump?

Hell ya ... do it!

We're talking about a conventional power steering gear here?
Ford, GM (Saginaw), Chrysler ?

If there is no oil in the gearbox ... there willl be no fluid to displace, so it should be no more difficult than a manual steering gear.

Finally, yes ... the air will be displaced by the fluid, and the bubbles in the frothy fluid will disperse in the reservoir.

It's all good.
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The bleeding procedure for most vehicles is to jack up the front end of the vehicle so the wheels are free, fill the reservoir, and then turn the steering slowly back and forth from left to right to force out the air. However, I've replaced pumps without bleeding the system, and the air seemed to work itself out naturally in the first few miles of driving.

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Bruce: jack up and..... with eng running or not?
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